As Quincy ran the first kick off back for a touchdown and then got a two-point conversion to put them up eight points with just under a minute gone in the first quarter, it looked like it might be a long day for the Braintree Wamps in the home season opener last Friday night.
This Wamps team, however, had a game plan. The Presidents, just coming off a 33-7 romping of Malden Catholic, decided to try an onside kick for the first defensive play of their game. The Wamps recovered the ball in great field position. The Wamps went right to work using an air and ground attack against the Quincy defense.
Braintree scored first on a run by senior Matt Darling, and after the extra point by Thiago Pinto, the Wamps were only down by one point. The Wamps would get the ball back again on an interception by Darling. The next score was a pass from QB Mike Mahoney to senior Steve Leary and again Pinto would get the extra point the Wamps up 14-8.
The Wamps final three points of the game came on the foot of Pinto, who kicked a 34-yard field goal that easily traveled 50+ yards. The Wamps would carry a nine point lead into the half.
In the second half both defenses stopped attacks, until the Presidents would score again on running by Alex Alexandre and again would get the conversion to bring the game within one, 17-16.
Braintree’s defense hung tough and the Wamps went onto to win their first game of 2013. They’ll defend their winning record on this Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Hingham in Braintree.